Fodor's Expert Review Tomb of Duc Duc
This partially renovated tomb has a story that beats any soap opera. It begins with the death of Emperor Tu Duc in 1883, when Duc Duc (one of three of Tu Duc's adopted sons) was controversially declared his successor. Duc Duc's reign of the Nguyen Dynasty was to last only three days before he was stripped of his title and incarcerated. The reasons for this are unclear, but it is believed that the three regents responsible for the appointment of Duc Duc, feared that he would strip them of the power they had enjoyed under the weak rule of Tu Duc. In modern history, Duc Duc is considered the first of a long line of "puppet emperors" whose short reign was thought to have been controlled by French colonialists.
Duc Duc's tomb is one of the smallest of the Nguyen Dynasty and was heavily bombed during the war, but having escaped the ambitious renovations of many others, the site retains an enigmatic charm.